Oct 24,1936---Jan 09,2022

Jackson Thagard Fields “Pops” passed away on January 9, 2022, at his home in Prairie Village, KS. Jack was 85 years old, and a beloved father, grandfather, sibling, and friend to many.

Jack was born on October 24, 1936, in New Orleans, LA, the second oldest of five children. Jack and his family moved often, spending time in Louisiana, Alabama, California, and Illinois, where he graduated high school.

He attended college at Emory University, Hofstra, and the University of Alabama, where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.  Jack left college when his father fell ill to help care for his mother and siblings.  Jack’s professional career began as a successful pharmaceutical product salesperson in New York before being offered a job in Kansas City. After moving to Kansas City, Jack married and started a family. 

Jack started in the insurance business with Mutual Benefit Life, becoming a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Round Table before becoming an independent agent and starting Kansas City Insurance Agency in 1981. He also served as President of the Mutual Benefit Agents Association. Jack began investing in banks in the 1970s. Through numerous acquisitions and expansions, Jack became the CEO and majority owner of First Community Bank with multiple locations in the Kansas City area and Western Missouri. Jack was also a member of Village Presbyterian Church, the Carriage Club, University Investors (which he served as President and Secretary), and several car organizations.

Jack was known as a generous and loyal family member, friend, and business colleague, always ready to help both with his time and resources. His laugh, catch phrases, and conversation style will be missed by all. Jack loved his family, music, and cars. He rebuilt a car with his brother at an early age and had a fondness for Austin-Healy cars and Corvettes. His daughters and grandchildren cherish the memories from the annual family vacations to Orange Beach, AL. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, William H. Fields, Jr., and Carolyn Thagard Fields, and his two brothers William H. Fields, III and John M. Fields. 

Surviving Jack is his life-long companion Diane “Diney” Smith, 3 daughters from his marriage to Doris (Evans) Williams, Elaine Jacobs (Jeff Jacobs), Nancy Weeks (Cooper Weeks II), Sarah Jozwiakowski (Randy Jozwiakowski), his seven grandchildren (Jackson Jacobs, Connor Jacobs, John Cooper Weeks, Lyla Weeks, Abby (Nate) Beckerman, Molly Jozwiakowski, and Kate Jozwiakowski), his sisters Betty Petrey (John Walter Petrey) and Carolyn Fields, nieces and nephews, his FCB family and numerous friends.  

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, January 20, at 1:00 at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to Village Presbyterian Church, Child and Family Development Center or the charity of your choice.



Condolences

Randy Eaton Jan 14 ,2022

Banking ,Warsaw ,Missouri

I’m sending sincere condolences to Diane and Jack’s daughters. He was always a personality that made life interesting. Randy

Jean Jan 14 ,2022

Friend of a friend ,Lenexa ,Kansas

Diane, I was so sorry to hear about Jack's passing. Even though I never met him personally I know, through you, that he was great man. Please convey my condolences to his family and if you need anything, I am only a call away. Blessings to all.

LewAnn Schneider, DVM Jan 15 ,2022

Friend of Diane ,Clay Center ,Kansas

Diane you and all of Jack's family have my sincere condolences. Faith, family and friends will support you during this trial. Hugs, LewAnn

Sharon Carpenter Jan 15 ,2022

friend ,Chanute

Diane it has been quite some time I have seen you but have wondered how you have been. I am sorry to hear the loss of your partner but I know that he must have been a great person and missed by many; Hope time and memories will help with the loss. I know my Chuck always enjoyed you and Julie.

Cary Valentine Jan 16 ,2022

Friend & Former Employee ,Frisco ,Texas

I don't have any shortage of good things to say about Jack. He was inspirational, incredibly kind, loyal, generous, self-sacrificing, and authentic as they come. When FCB was in the process of purchasing my little mortgage company, I suddenly became severely ill and nearly died all in a single day. When I woke-up after nearly two days of unconsciousness, at the end of my bed was Jack Fields assuring me that my medical bills would be covered and all I had to focus on was getting well. There is little that I have today that wasn't somehow influenced by something Jack Fields did for me. I loved Jack and send my prayers to Diane, Nancy, Elaine, Sarah and their families through this difficult time.

Debbie Vickrey Jan 17 ,2022

My sincere condolences to Diane and Jack's family. Jack was a great person and I enjoyed working for him. He always had an interesting story to tell. Jack was the kind of person that would give you his last dollar if he knew you needed it. I know he will be missed by so many.